The most valued ways of learning for modern professionals (2)

The Learning in the Workplace survey has now had over 6,500 responses from 72 countries worldwide*. The full results are shown below ranked by the total Very important and Essential scores. The shaded cells highlight where the most votes were received in each category.

The results continue to show that for modern professionals the least valued ways to learn at and for work are the traditional workplace learning activities – classroom training and e-learning (DIDACTICS) – whilst the most valued ways to learn for work are the experiences and activities that happen as part of daily work (DOING), through interaction with people (DISCOURSE) as well as the use of informal web content (DISCOVERY).

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1 Daily work experiences (ie doing the day job) DOING 1 6 29 64 93
2 Knowledge sharing with your team DISCOURSE 1 8 32 59 91
3 Web search (eg Google) DISCOVERY 3 18 31 48 79
4 Web resources (eg articles, videos, podcasts, etc) DISCOVERY 3 22 41 34 75
5 Manager feedback and guidance DOING 5 22 36 37 73
6 Your professional network (aka PLN) DISCOURSE 3 27 42 28 70
7 Coach or mentor feedback and guidance DOING 7 25 44 24 68
8 Company resources (eg documents, job aids, etc) DISCOVERY 8 30 36 26 62
9 Blog posts and news feeds DISCOVERY 10 41 33 16 49
10 E-Learning (eg online courses) DIDACTICS 17 46 25 12 37
11 Conferences and other professional events DISCOURSE 15 52 28 5 33
12 Classroom training DIDACTICS 30 41 22 7 29

*Demographics

  • 72 countries including 23% from US, 22% from UK, 8% from Australia, 7% from Germany, 5% from Canada, 4% from New Zealand, 3% from Netherlands, 3% from Spain, 2% from India, 2% from Switzerland, 1% from Denmark, 1% from Belgium, 1% from Ireland, 1% from France, 1% from Norway, 1% from Sweden, 1% from Austria, 1% from Brazil, 1% from Singapore, 1% from South Africa, 1% from UAE, 1% from Portugal, 1% from Poland, 1% from Finland
  • Industry: 30% from education, 27% other,10%from finance, 9% from government,  7% from technology, 6% from health, 4% from manufacturing, 3% from retail, 2% from telecommunications, 1% transport
  • Organisation size: 67% over 250 people, 15% under 10 people, 10% 50-249 people, 8% 11-49 people
  • Job function: 65% from HR/L&D, 24% other, 6% sales and marketing, 4% from IT, 1% finance
  • Job type: 41% non-managerial, 25% senior managers, 16% middle managers, 10% middle managers, 8% non-salaried.
  • Age: 34% 40-49, 30% 50-59, 20% 30-39, 8% under 30, 8% over 60,
  • Sex: 63% female, 37% male

An August 2019 poll in New Zealand confirmed these results.

“A new poll from Hays indicates Kiwis place higher emphasis on work experience than formal education when it comes to career progression.  The online poll from the recruitment firm surveyed more than 400 people in New Zealand, and found that formal education or continuous informal learning rated lower than work experience, with 66% of respondents saying experience has helped their career advance the most. According to the poll, a further 26% said continuous informal learning has had the most impact on career advancement. Just 8% said formal education has been the most beneficial.”

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Last updated: August 8, 2019 at 8:34 am